If you don't need to splice double braid polyester rope
, ignore this post.
But I just purchased a ton of new rope
and I will need to make some eyes or loops for various applications on the boat
. I used to have a splicing kit a long time ago, but don't have one now.
When I searched the big marine
supply house West Marine
I found the kit and nearly fell off my chair when I saw the price
: $57.00! This is for 3 or 4 fids and a pusher rod. I was expecting $20 or so. And, even at that price
it would be overpriced.
I kept searching and found the fids on Walmart (of all places) for $3.99. Get this: shipping
was $5.95. So, shipping
was more than the cost of the product itself! But the website said I could pick up the product from my local store for free!
Granted, this kit doesn't come with the pusher rod, but this would be easy to make using an old screw driver, by cutting the tip off and filing the end smooth.
I'm not a big fan of Walmart, but I can't stand paying nearly 20x the price for something this insignificant. You could also order right from the company (link below) but the shipping cost from them is $7.67. (Still beats $57!)
I picked up the fids just now and they look great. The kit comes with 3 sizes: 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2. They should serve for most of my needs.
Splicing Fids (3 pk)